Modi regime sets up ‘State Investigation Agency’ to further tighten noose around Kashmiris

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian authorities have ordered constitution of a special agency in the name of State Investigation Agency to further tighten noose around the Kashmiris in exchange for demanding right to self-determination from India.

According to Kashmir Media Service, in the order, the authorities stated that the aforesaid agency will be the Nodal Agency for coordinating with India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies to take, what it called, speedy and effective investigation and prosecution of cases against Kashmiris, particularly youth.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a specialized agency to be called the State Investigation Agency (SIA) for investigation and prosecution of the offences specified in this order,” reads the order.

It reads that the said agency will consist of a Director and such number of officers and employees as are deputed by the authorities from time to time.

“The CID, CIK and CID, CIJ, already notified as police stations vide notification bearing SRO-230 of 1977 dated 19.05.1977, shall also be the police stations for the purposes of registering and investigation of cases,” it reads.

The order further reads that all the officers In-charge of the police stations shall mandatorily intimate the SIA immediately upon registration of militancy related cases, including those specified in the order, and also about such cases where any militancy linkage surfaces during the investigation.

“Wherever, upon intimation of the National Investigation Act, 2008, the investigation is not taken up by the NIA, the DGP, J&K shall, having regard to the gravity of the offence, progress of investigation and other relevant factors, determine in consultation with the SIA whether the case is fit to be investigated by SIA & transfer the investigation of the such case at any point of time during its investigation.

However, if there is difference of opinion, the DGP shall take a decision, while recording the reasons in writing,” it reads. It reads that the head of CID wing shall be the ex-officio Director of the SIA.—INP

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